The world of oil and gas is changing. On the supply side, the rebound in production from the Permian has transformed the geopolitical pressures and has raised the question if OPEC has any ability to control prices. With the projected transformation of the transportation fleet to electrical systems, does the idea of "lower for longer" have validity? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the symposium on November 16, 2017 at the University of Houston. Want more info on the topic? Watch our teaser video HERE. Speakers: R.T. Dukes, Research Director, US Lower 48 Upstream, Wood Mackenzie, Ltd. R.T. Dukes is research director of US Lower 48 Upstream at Wood Mackenzie, a research and consultancy group where he is responsible for the detailed research coverage of the largest unconventional resource plays in North America, including the Permian Basin, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Niobrara, Marcellus and Utica. Dukes began his career covering the Barnett Shale as horizontal drilling took off and later managed Wood Mackenzie’s Rockies research as Bakken Shale development exploded. He is known for highlighting the potential of tight oil years before U.S. production surged. He has spent most of his career in the weeds of unconventionals and is recognized for his work evaluating the impact to local and global markets. He contributes to many U.S. and macro-market publications at Wood Mackenzie. Dukes earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Former Student Advisory Board for the Professional Program in Accounting. Antoine Halff, Director, Global Energy Markets Program, Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy Antoine Halff is director of the global oil markets program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and a co-founder of Kayrros, a data analytics company that uses satellite imagery and machine learning to create data and forecasts on supply, demand, transportation and storage for the energy markets and industry. Previously, he was chief oil analyst at the International Energy Agency; lead industry analyst at the US Energy Information Administration; head of commodities research at Société Générale brokerage unit Newedge; and director of the global energy practice of Eurasia Group, a New York-based political-risk consultancy. He is the co-author of Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford University Press, 2014). Charles A. Sternbach, President, Star Creek Energy Charles A. Sternbach is president of Star Creek Energy and also serves as president-elect of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a 30,000 member organization. He previously was a staff geologist for Shell Oil Company, exploration manager for Jordan Oil and Gas and president of First Place Energy. At Shell, he worked across the U.S. mid-continent areas of Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma and West Texas, serving as a lead geologist for the Permian Basin group and the Lodgepole-Mississippian reef play in the Williston Basin. Sternbach, who has been active in programs through AAPG to promote knowledge of the resources and technological advances, argues that the Permian Basin is a proto-type super basin, one of 25 around the globe possessing rich source rocks, multiple plays and significant infrastructure, with the potential to be a game-changer for the industry. Sternbach holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Columbia University and a master’s and Ph.D. in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Chris Tomlinson, Business Columnist, Houston Chronicle Chris Tomlinson is a business columnist for the Houston Chronicle, a New York Times bestselling-author and a filmmaker. Before joining the Chronicle, he spent 20 years as a correspondent for The Associated Press, reporting from 30 countries and nine war zones. Tomlinson writes about energy, business and the economy in a twice weekly column and a daily blog for the Chronicle. He is the author of “Tomlinson Hill,” which chronicles the history of two Tomlinson families, one black and one white, who trace their history to a Central Texas slave plantation. He is also the producer of “Tomlinson Hill: Are We Equal Yet,” an award-winning documentary film. Tomlinson is a Fellow in journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and has lectured at the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Journalism. He received his bachelor’s degree in humanities with special honors from UT. Moderator: Tracy Hester, Lecturer, Environmental Law, University of Houston Law Center Professor Hester is an environmental law lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, advanced renewable power technologies, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Hester served as a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani LLP for 16 years and led its Houston office’s environmental group. He was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2015 and elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004. He currently chairs the Committee on Law Schools and Professors and the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, and acts as vice-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee.